2011 Open LFB K. B. Sharp has the last word against Charleville-Mézières
On meeting K. B. Sharp the day before her match at the Open LFB she explained that although the team has a lot of young players they have the potential to be exciting and that she was looking forward to the season.
Sharp's words more or less came true because her team were on the back foot for most of the game against Charleville-Mézières but ended up coming out on top (53-52).
Sharp started the fightback with two big three-pointers in the final quarter before Laëtitia Kamba tied the game with 5:06 to play at (48-48).
Although Charleville regained the lead it was Sharp (in picture) who brought the teams level for the final time (50-50) in the most curious of fashions. She missed her shot under the basket but Kadidia Minte caught the offensive rebound and gave the ball back to Sharp who then missed again.
She picked up the rebound again to score at the third attempt.
However on the next attack Valeriya Berezhynska scored for Charleville. Yet before the fans of Charleville could celebrate Sharp passed to Eglė Šulčiūtė who hit a three-pointer which turned out to be the game winning shot with 9O seconds to play.
Mondeville won (53-52) and Sharp who scored 15 points and dished out 5 assists won the MVP award.
Open LFB match report: Sunday afternoon fireworks
The first five minutes of the match belonged to Charleville-Mézières as they opened up an (8-3) lead.
However they failed to take full advantage of their advantage and allowed Giedre Paugaite to bring Mondeville back into the match as they drew level (12-12) with three minutes left to play in the quarter.
Mondeville went in front for the first time with a trey by Eglė Šulčiūtė. But the veteran Magali Lacroix made sure that both sides finished level (15-15) at the end of the first quarter.
Charleville-Mézières appeared to have woken up at the start of the second quarter with three points each for Anne-Sophie Pagnier and Zoi Dimitrakou.
However after the early burst nothing happened offensively for either side for almost four minutes while key players started to collect unnecessary fouls.
K. B. Sharp broke the deadlock with her first points of the game with five minutes left to play in the first half.
The game lost its shape but Charleville were able to go into the locker room with an advantage of 6 points (27-21).
Although the third quarter was more exciting with both teams stepping up, it was not very good basketball, a lot of turnovers and poor finishing. All the same Pagnier and Lacroix did their best to keep Charleville on top as they went into the final quarter leading (40-34).
Mondeville had everything against them with key players in foul problems. But then they went on the attack with initially Laëtitia Kamba and Šulčiūtė initially. Yet Valeriya Berezhynska was always around to save Mondeville.
The cat and mouse continued until Sharp went on the rampage. Her back to back three-pointers put her side in the driving seat and her passion infected the whole team. Kamba is a player that is not known for showing emotion. She punched the air in joy when she tied the game (48-48).
The last five minutes were not the greatest basketball in the world. But with Sharp calling the shots, her young team-mates kept their cool and held on for an emotional victory.
Now Hervé Coudray leaves for AfroBasket.
USO Mondeville: Touty Gandega 2, Marie Mbuyamba 0, Awa Sissoko 0, Ingrid Tanqueray 0, Kadidia Minte 0, K. B. Sharp 15 (5 assists), Giedre Paugaite 9, Laëtitia Kamba 10 (9 rebounds), Margaux Touraud 0, Eglė Šulčiūtė 17